Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Sep 2011 21:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In the US wireless market, AT&T is currently attempting to buy T-Mobile to create one heck of a behemoth wireless provider. While earlier this week the US government already filed a lawsuit to block the merger, citing antitrust concerns, US carrier Sprint has now also filed a lawsuit to block the merger.
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Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

That's the crazy thing about the forced switch to digital. We were promised the sun and moon, and ended up with a turd. We gained about 45 extra local channels in my area, however about half of those are doubled. In other words, channel 23 is also channel 41, or thereabouts.

Also, only a few of the new channels are worth watching; the rest are split between local public access (and around there that means a dozen variations on Bubba's Fishin' n' Huntin' Show 24/7), televangelism networks, and Latino TV. Now don't get me wrong, I speak Spanish and could probably enjoy a couple of those, but when that's the best there is out of the bad lot it's just sad.

There are a couple of gems in there though. There is one channel dedicated to older TV shows and has very few advertisements, and there's one similar but for really old and obscure movies, like all of Roger Corman's stuff, and old Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price flicks. For a classic horror fan like me that's a boon.

Overall though, it's nowhere near competition for cable. I've been doing the Netflix thing since I got an Xbox on the cheap, but my girlfriend will soon be cancelling her subscription due to their increase in prices. I may look into Hulu Plus, and there's always torrenting but I've always been somewhat on the fence about that. Broadcast TV I don't have an issue with so much, but pay TV I don't like to download "unofficially". I guess if the show is really good, it's worth waiting on the DVD, but I'm impatient. ;)

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jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

Hulu plus kinda sucks, just my opinion. I've enjoyed Netflix for a while but the studios are doing everything in their power to flush it down the toilet. You can't even rent a DVD anymore in my city except at Redbox. Your traditional movie rental stores have all shut down. I guess they think when we can't rent DVDs or stream movies anymore we're all going to start spending $20+ to take our families to go see a movie or pay nearly $30 for a new release DVD. Look forward to the day that this all backfires in their faces.

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marcus0263 Member since:
2007-06-02

Yep, Hulu sucks balls. I actually stopped subscribing to all media, Cable, Sat and even over the air which includes radio. Many moons ago I remember when Cable came onto the scene, the selling point to paying for what you could get for free was no commercials. Hell FM radio had very limited if any commercials. Now all the crap they spew is pretty much unwachable and cannot listen too since it's pretty much all commercials now.

The big entertainment industry blames DVD's and piracy to cover up their own incompetence and greed.

Me, I get all my radio via the internet along with movies completed by a large and ever growing DVD/CD collection. I luv my Roku ;)

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